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A thrilling new novel exploring the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate - the first automobile any of them have seen - and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people.

Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley's happy home life, she wonders about her origins, and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.

In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. A powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

©2017 Lisa See (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Very interesting and enticing story

Both the story and the narrator's were very good! The book follows the physical and emotional journey of a girl born in a remote mountain village in China, her life in the village with ancient traditions and beliefs and, later on, her encounters with the rest of China and the western world. Meanwhile, the reader periodically follows the story of the illegitimate child the main character had to give away at a young age. The novel is emotional, thought provoking, and hard to out down.

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Stunning, Lisa See at her best

Heartbroken it's finished...can't wait for the next one. Lisa See is brilliant at evoking the mood and weaving the culture.

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Fav

My fav book of the year so far.
Intricate and beautifully written and I loved the premise.
Lovely reading style too.
So hard to picture it began in 1988 rather than early 1900’s.

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Compelling

Fascinating setting. Great story and characters. in love with tea now. romantic. far fetched in places but that's OK

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fantastic book

Apart from the fab story, you learn so much about history and culture. such vivid writing. Beautifully read. Lisa See is my new fave author

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  • 22-09-20

wonderful story

i enjoyed how the author wove historical and cultural facts into this story. so good

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all you ever wanted to know about tea but

were afraid to ask...
Beginning absolutely fascinating, but
cutesy story ending which distracted me from the story arc.
Well read

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When is the sequel?

I didn't take to this book at first , not sure why. I persevered and it soon became a book I had to listen to at every opportunity.
I both love and dislike the ending as I want more of the story.
This is an interesting, heartfelt, frustrating annoying but enjoyable book. It has left me wanting to research things she wrote about. I'm glad I finished it.

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Loved Snow Flower and secret fan

It's always slightly disappointing when a book doesn't quite hit the same spot It did shock me some of the cultural ideals but that said it was an enjoyable listen Audio was quite good

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lovely read

loved it. Had me hooked from the begining. not only is the story well told but I have learned so much about the importance of Chinese tea

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  • Dee Cunningham
  • 24-05-20

Enchanting

I absolutely loved every minute of listening to this utterly enchanting story. My heart broke at times, but the history and the tea making process and culture was fascinating!